The War on Drugs has been a scourge on society for decades. It has increased the prison industrial complex. Its laws have violated civil liberties. People from across the political spectrum have exposed the War on Drugs as detrimental to community development and social progress. We know that families have been damaged by drug addiction and other issues. There is one big myth going on. That myth is that the War on Drugs existed since Richard Nixon started his modern day war on Drugs in the 1970’s. When we look at the truth, we see that the War on Drugs existed long before the 1970’s. During 1914, the Harrison Narcotics Act was passed. This law regulated and taxed the production, importation, and distribution of opiates and coca products in America federally. It was the first law of its kind in America. Back then, Coke used to have coke for real. There is a loophole where doctors can still prescribe for addicts. Harry Anslinger came about to enforce these laws. Also, there was the hysteria that used racial stereotypes against the Chinese, African-Americans, Latinos and other as a way for reactionaries to harass people who had drug usage or had addiction issues. This was called “Reefer Madness” and other names. During the 1930’s, racist anti-Mexican rhetoric was used by some to try to end marijuana usage in America. Anslinger was the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. Anslinger used agents to harass Sister Billie Holiday when she suffered addiction and she wasn’t a nefarious criminal. People with addiction need treatment not extensive jail sentences. Under Eisenhower, there was the Boggs Act of 1951 had already established mandatory minimum federal sentences for possession of marijuana, cocaine, and opiates, and a committee led by Senator Price Daniel (D-TX, shown left) called that the federal penalties be increased further, as they were with the Narcotic Control Act of 1956. By 1969, when Richard Nixon came into office, he was obsessed with developing the modern War on Drugs that we witness today.
Los Angeles during the 21st century started with massive changes. The Dolby Theatre came about in 2001 in Los Angeles. It is the new venue for the Academy Awards. During the 21st century, overall crime rates in Los Angeles became to go down. Mayor James Hahn made the mistake of firing the popular Chief Bernard and replace him with the Chief Bill Bratton (who was involved in Stop and frisk policies in NYC). This caused Villaraigosa to be mayor of LA (since a coalition of Black and Latino voters voted for him). Also, another historic event came about in Los Angeles in 2005. Antonio Villaraigosa becomes the first Hispanic America to be mayor of Los Angeles since 1872. After his election, Newsweek featured him on the cover with the headline “Latino Power.” There is nothing wrong with Black Power either. In 2006, the Getty Museum in Malibu reopens after years of renovation as the Getty Villa, housing the foundation’s significant collection of Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities. Educational issues have existed in LA for a long time, but this time, the issue of charter schools and school cuts come about in a higher level. Our education system should never serve the needs of the free market or private interests. It should serve the needs and aspirations of the people alone. Even some Democratic politics agree with the privatization of education. Like in the past, Los Angeles faces the evils of racism, economic inequality, poverty, and immigration issues. Many black people have left Los Angles, but black people have the most people living in Los Angeles than any other Western city . Also, in 2006, anti-immigration forces supported the federal Border Protection, Anti-terrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (H.R. 4437). The act would make "unlawful presence" an "aggravated felony." On 25 March, a million Latinos staged La Gran Marcha on City Hall to protest the bill. It was the largest demonstration in California history. Similar protests in other cities across the country made this a turning point in the debate on immigration reform. To this very day, immigration is an important issue that is being discussed in America. I believe in progressive immigration policies. One serious problem in LA is about poverty and economic inequality. The percentage of people living below the derisory official poverty line in Los Angeles County has climbed to 19.1 percent. Los Angeles added a million residents between 1980 and 2010; however, during that same time, the city lost 165,000 jobs. In 1980, Los Angeles had 12 Fortune 500 companies headquartered within its city limits—now it has 4. So, we need our infrastructure in America to be rebuild not just in LA, but nationwide. We see black people fighting for freedom and liberation in Los Angeles today. There are police brutality issues in Los Angeles. Many people have been killed by the police and these people were unarmed. Ezell Ford was killed by the LAPD too and recently officials found out that the officers violated policy in their actions. In 2015, Charley Saturmin Robinet was killed in 2015. That is why protesters continue involving the Black Lives Matter Movement and other social justice movements (who are fighting against lax wages. $7.25 an hour is just unlivable especially in our time). On June 2015, Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour (by 2020), which was very historic. The Fight for 15 movement was heavily vital in getting this new policy enacted. This is great news. The journey for justice will continue in LA and throughout the Earth.
It is blatantly clear that the expansion of the Western Empire has harmed not only America domestically (when we have massive poverty, massive neoliberal policies, and a surveillance state. The war on terror and the War on Drugs in its history are filled with laws and policies that violate fundamental human rights). We witness huge foreign policy tensions. There is the decrease of the influence of petro dollars with the rise of the BRICS system. Western imperialists are desperate for resources, control, and hegemony in the world (in competing against Russia and China). The mistakes done by some central banks contributed to the economic chaos in Greece (in Greece and in other places in Europe, there is the growth of massively reactionary, racist, and xenophobic groups like the Golden Dawn). There are other people in Greece who are fighting against austerity too. We see massive drone strikes and people more concerned with the interests of the military industrial complex than the needs of the people. First, it is important to witness that the reactionary movement is against black people and all freedom loving people. People should know about Denmark Vessey and the fact that hundreds of slave revolts existed in the USA alone which tried to liberate humanity from the bondage of slavery. The murderer of 9 innocent people in the Charleston Church never believed in his lies out of a vacuum. The murderer's evil views existed from the CCC and other organizations who want to deny the general welfare and they desire to end the human rights of African Americans. The Confederacy was wicked and evil. The Confederate flag is an emblem of hate, bigotry, racism, and oppression (the Confederate Constitution and the declaration of secession by many Southern states make it clear that they seceded to preserve slavery). Also, early America called black people 3/5s of a human (which was wrong) and in our generation, we are still fighting for liberation unconditionally (there must be an international unification of the working class and the poor, so we can achieve revolutionary change). We are opposed to the neoliberal agenda and capitalist exploitation. Capitalism and racism are linked as said by Malcolm X (in 1965) explicitly. We want the entire human race to be free. The evil of the system of white supremacy must end. The show SOUL! is a classic show. I heard of the show before. That show gave voice to the diverse views of black activists. Also, the show SOUL! have shown amazing music. We want social justice, so the power is given in the hands of the people not to the oligarchy. All power to the people.
Justice doesn't sleep, therefore the Black Lives Matter Movement should maintain political independence. More and more people are standing up not only against racism and police brutality. People are against economic oppression. I have no respect for the Confederate flag at all. There should be political and economic changes from the development of a living wage, the growth of our health care, the ending of the prison industrial complex, and to the protection of our environment. We're blessed to learn books about Africa and black culture. We know about history, anthropology, sociology, and other important subjects. It’s a shame that many of our own black people have this self-hatred and just lust after degrading each other. Since, we know better, we have precious gift and responsibility in helping others. That is what the Creator would want us to do while we're here. We both love black people a lot. We love our heritage and we want the best for our people. Unity and respecting plus loving our identity is key for us to have liberation. There were tons of black people who lost their lives by evil people during the Maafa, during slavery in the America, during Reconstruction, during Jim Crow, and today in our generation. Also, it is important to note that our people fought back. There were hundreds of slave revolts in America alone. The Deacons of Defense, and other groups used arms to defend their communities from white racists who wanted to attack black people. The terrorism inflicted on black people should always be remembered including the sacrifice that our people made in building up their communities too. We are inspired by our ancestors' courage in the midst of oppression and we will continue to live on the tradition of unity, solidarity, and resistance. Some people are very unfair and judge people based on a certain segment of their lives (instead of looking at the big picture). Necole is very humble to use self-reflection and to project the truth that we have the right to transition into a new phase of our lives. Also, in her interviews, she always had a great sincerity and a spirit of happiness not animosity. WSHH can learn lessons from her. Her words were emotional, personal, and inspiring, because sometimes we have to take risks in order to achieve our goals. Sometimes, we have to go through the valley in order to see the mountain of fulfillment. Life is not just about individual pursuits. It is about blessing others, so we are blessed ourselves. This is why Necole is not only a strong person, but she is an honest person. We all want the best for her and her journey should be honored.